Details of a space in memory come together in the details of the works by Chicago based collage-painter Ann Toebbe. Like pages of a diary form the artist’s past, the architecture and effects of a former domestic environment are flattened into a meticulously crafted chandelier-view remembrances. The poetics of an interior are reconsidered in the extensive detail that Toebbe executes through the plotting, drawing, paintings cutting and pasting of various elements which from certain angles bare understandable special association while contrasting dramatically with other presented objects making scenes at times both agitated and static. The cut up fragments are analogous to the fragments of memories used to construct the interior reminiscence like that of old photographs which, along with those memories, are used build these unfolded dollhouse-like unpopulated rooms. For Toebbe the subject matter of her own life and history is the matter that never ceases to provide artistic inspiration as that past is made present in her work.
Before finding her current home in Chicago, IL, Ann Toebbe began gathering source material growing up in Cincinnati Ohio than moving on to acquiring her BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art and later her MFA at Yale University with additional educational pursuits undertaken at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and DAAD, Universität der Kunst, Berlin, Germany. Toebbe’s works have had a considerable national and international representation in many group shows as well as solo exhibitions such as at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Steven Zevitas Gallery and Monya Rowe Gallery.